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Best of Italy

The masterpieces of Italy: the canal city of Venice, the opulent art of Florence, the wine and cuisine of Tuscany, the history—both modern and ancient—of Rome & an optional extension to Sorrento

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. (Some exceptions, including special promotional packages, may accommodate up to 30.) More of these packages
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Departures August 2024 – November 2025 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket ListCity Stays
Activity Level Moderate
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Welcome to Italy, a destination so iconic that centuries of travelers have fallen in love with its red-roofed villages, rolling vineyards, vibrant cities, opulent cathedrals, warm Mediterranean sun, and (of course) the wine and cuisine - some of the world's most beloved! These treasures and more make Italy one of the world's most popular countries, and this small group tour ensures you get to experience the best that this sun-splashed country has to offer.
 
Start in the canal city of Venice and explore its splendid architecture, then indulge in the arts at a Murano glass blowing demonstration. Taste your way through Modena before traveling to Florence, the capital of Italy's Tuscany region and home to a wealth of masterpieces including Michelangelo's David. Traverse the rolling hills of Tuscany and learn the art of pasta making while sampling the complex flavors of fine Italian wines before ending your postcard-perfect trip in Rome, the Eternal City. Explore the vestiges of Ancient Rome: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra to see temples that honored gods of long ago.Then, spend time at the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, and the famed Sistine Chapel - a work so expansive it will take your breath away.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) on scheduled carriers, including taxes & fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 9 nights accommodations in First Class and Superior hotels
  • 14 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners; plus wine, balsamic vinegar and cheese tastings
  • Comprehensive tour program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director and local guides

Optional add-ons

  • Flights from other cities are available. Request pricing when making your reservation.
  • Optional Gondola ride
  • Optional Uffizi Gallery privately-guided tour
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon with Prosecco breakfast
  • Optional Sorrento post-tour extension
  • Optional excursion Capri & Anacapri

Why you'll love it

  • Explore the wonders of Italy with a small group of no more than 16 like-minded travelers.
  • Relax in centrally-located hotels in every city plus an overnight stay in the Tuscan countryside.
  • Indulge in the arts with a Murano glass blowing demonstration.
  • Taste the flavors that have made Italian cuisine world famous in Modena, the food capital of Italy.
  • Appreciate Michelangelo's timeless masterpieces including David and the Sistine Chapel.
  • Try your hand at the art of pasta making in Tuscany.
  • Indulge in exquisite wine tastings amidst Italy's picturesque vineyards, immersing yourself in the rich flavors and cultural heritage of the country's renowned winemaking regions.
  • Explore the wonders of charming Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit a pecorino cheese producer and learn about this iconic cheese paired with a tasting.
  • Watch history come alive at the Doge's Palace, Vatican Museum, Colosseum, and Roman Forum.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Sorrento Post-Tour Extension

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Best of Italy
ROOMING SELECTION
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Nov 2, 2024;  Mar 12, 2025;  Aug 20, 2025 $899
Oct 15, 2025 $1049
Aug 3, 2024 $1149
Apr 2, 2025 $1299
Aug 27, 2024;  May 14, 2025;  Jul 16, 2025;  Sep 17, 2025 $1349
Jun 18, 2025 $1399
Oct 14, 2024 $1729
All other dates $1539
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Gondola Ride1 $50
Privately-guided visit to Uffizi Gallery2 $99
Hot Air Balloon Ride with Prosecco breakfast3 $599

1. Based on a minimum of 3 passengers.

2. Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

3. Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

Sorrento Optional Post-Tour Extension1
Sorrento Extension
Nov 2, 2024;  Apr 2, 2025;  Oct 15, 2025 $1899
Aug 3, 2024;  Aug 27, 2024;  May 14, 2025 $1999
Jun 18, 2025;  Jul 16, 2025 $2049
Aug 20, 2025 $2099
Sep 17, 2025 $2199
Mar 12, 2025 unavailable
All other dates $1799
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy
Mar 12, 2025 unavailable
All other dates included
Single Occupancy
Mar 12, 2025 unavailable
All other dates $319
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Full-Day Excursion to Capri & Anacapri2
Mar 12, 2025 unavailable
All other dates $170

1. Prices based on a minimum of four passengers.

2. Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

TRANSFERS FOR PASSENGERS BOOKING TOUR ONLY
OPTIONAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS - Main Tour1
Arrival Transfer: Venice airport to hotel $150
Departure transfer: Hotel to Rome airport $46
OPTIONAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS - Sorrento Extension2
Departure transfer: Hotel to Naples airport
Mar 12, 2025 unavailable
All other dates $89

1. Price based on a minimum of two passengers.

2. NOTE: Price based on a minimum of two passengers.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you book, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart on your overnight flight to Venice, Italy

Day 2 Venice

  • Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel
  • Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner with wine

Hotel Giorgione Venice, Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo or similar Dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Rialto Bridge, Venice

Arrive at Venice airport, complete immigration and customs formalities, and meet our representative, who will escort you to the pier to transfer to Venice via private boat. After a short walk, arrive at your hotel for check-in. 

Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Note: August 27, 2024 departure will stay at Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo.

Day 3 Venice

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of Venice, including St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace
  • See a glass-blowing demonstration

Hotel Giorgione Venice, Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Glass-blowing demonstration

This morning, depart for a private walking tour of the historic center of Venice. View the golden Mosaics in St. Mark's Basilica, followed by a visit to the famous Doge's Palace, the true heart of medieval Venetian political power, and discover the places where the Doge and his council discussed the city's fate. See the Golden Staircase and many other works of art. Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and enter the Venetian prison to learn how the prisoners of the Most Serene Republic lived. Lose yourself in Venice as you explore cobblestone streets and canals, marveling at medieval wonders and shopping for unique crafts. 

This afternoon, embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano and visit a glass-blowing factory. Murano glass is famous worldwide, and you will see artisans continue the tradition, which has developed over centuries and has roots in ancient Rome and Byzantium.

Note: August 27, 2024 departure will stay at Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo.

Optional Excursion: Gondola Ride, $50
Gondola ride, Venice

In the late afternoon, embark on a journey filled with enchantment and unforgettable memories in the heart of Italy's floating city. Originating in Venice, the gondola is an ancient row boat that has evolved over the last 1,000 years and today holds a unique asymmetrical design that allows just one oarsman to navigate through the Venetian waterways using a single oar. The city's "streets" are comprised of waterways, making the gondola the official transportation of choice. Drift through Venice's picturesque canals surrounded by historic architecture during this classical 30-minute 5-passenger gondola ride.

Note: This excursion requires a minimum of 3 passengers to operate.

Day 4 Modena & Florence

  • Indulge in balsamic vinegar tastings in the Emilia-Romagna region
  • Enjoy lunch at an osteria
  • Explore Florence at your own pace

Hotel De La Pace, FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Glance Hotel In Florence, Hotel Cellai or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Balsamic vinegar tasting

After an early breakfast, take a private boat taxi to meet your motor coach and travel to scenic Modena, in the heart of Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, considered the food capital of Italy. Sample Balsamic vinegar that has aged for years in wooden barrels and has a rich, complex, and sweet flavor. The region's balsamic vinegar is considered one of the world's finest and most traditional vinegar and is used to enhance dishes such as salads, cheeses, meats, and desserts. Next, enjoy lunch in an osteria where you'll enjoy regional cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Later this afternoon, arrive in Florence. After check-in, relax or explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Note: September 25, 2024 and November 2, 2024 departures will stay at Hotel De La Pace. October 14, 2024 departure will stay at the Glance Hotel in Florence. 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Cellai.

Day 5 Florence

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of Florence, including the Accademia Gallery Museum
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join an optional tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Hotel De La Pace, FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Glance Hotel In Florence, Hotel Cellai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Signoria Square, Florence

After breakfast, enjoy a private walking tour through the magical city of Florence. Tour through the cradle of the Renaissance, starting with an incredible panoramic vista from Michelangelo Square. Visit the Accademia Gallery Museum and view one of the city's eternal masterpieces – Michelangelo's iconic marble statue, David. Stroll through the picturesque Signoria Square, where you can admire Cellini, Giambologna, and Ammannati statues before proceeding to the famous Ponte Vecchio, the "Old Bridge," lined with craft shops. In the afternoon, continue to explore at your leisure or join an optional visit to the Uffizi Gallery.

Note: September 25, 2024 and November 2, 2024 departures will stay at Hotel De La Pace. October 14, 2024 departure will stay at the Glance Hotel in Florence. 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Cellai.

Optional Excursion: Privately-guided visit to Uffizi Gallery, $99
Uffizi Gallery

Step into unparalleled artistic splendor as you embark on a privately guided 3-hour visit to the Uffizi Gallery, a masterpiece commissioned in 1580 by the illustrious Cosimo de' Medici I, and a treasure trove of masterpieces by luminaries such as Giotto, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, and more! What once served as the bastion of government affairs has metamorphosed into an exquisite sanctuary of artistry that has captured the world's imagination. Today, the Uffizi Gallery stands as an iconic testament to the grandeur of human creativity, enchanting all who step through its hallowed halls.

Note: This private excursion requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 6 Florence

  • Enjoy a free day in Florence to explore at your leisure
  • Or, join an optional excursion

Hotel De La Pace, FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Glance Hotel In Florence, Hotel Cellai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Boboli Gardens

Spend today exploring Florence at your own pace.  Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion with a Hot Air Balloon and Prosecco Breakfast.

Note: September 25, 2024 and November 2, 2024 departures will stay at Hotel De La Pace. October 14, 2024 departure will stay at the Glance Hotel in Florence. 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Cellai.

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Prosecco breakfast, $599
Hot air balloon ride over Tuscany

Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of Tuscany, soaring above the Chianti region! Watch a mesmerizing tapestry of lush vineyards, sprawling olive groves, and centuries-old villages pass below you as you experience a bird's-eye perspective that will leave you captivated. Once you land, a prosecco breakfast awaits! Picture a rustic tableau set against the backdrop of the rolling Tuscan countryside, where you'll indulge in a feast of flavors meticulously crafted from the finest local ingredients.

Note: This is a shared excursion and requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 7 Tuscany countryside

  • Travel to the Tuscan countryside
  • Join an authentic pasta-making class with wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar tastings
  • Enjoy a private walking tour of Siena

Villa Curina Resort, Hotel Villa San Lucchese or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Siena Cathedral

After breakfast, travel to a charming farmhouse in the middle of the Tuscan vineyards. Here, you'll enjoy a brief walking tour of the beautiful, historic property. Next, get hands-on with a pasta cooking class! You will learn to knead, cut, roll, and fill the ravioli, then cut and form the dumplings, noodles, or other varieties of homemade pasta. The chefs' recipes are based on freshness, high-quality local ingredients, Italian tradition, and in-depth experience, making this a quintessential learning experience for Italian dishes. Enjoy lunch along with wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar tastings.

This afternoon, discover the stunning panoramic vistas of the Chianti region as you drive to the charming town of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its medieval cityscape. Siena is famous for its rich history, art, cuisine, and the Palio, a historic horse race held twice a year in the city's main square, Piazza del Campo. This fan-shaped square is also home to the Fonte Gaia, one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy, and the Torre del Mangia, offering breathtaking views from its top. Enjoy a private walking tour of Siena's narrow winding streets and visit the magnificent Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena), a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

Finally, rest your head this evening in the stunning Tuscan countryside—surrounded by rolling hills adorned with vineyards and olive groves that paint a mesmerizing portrait under the golden embrace of the Italian sun.

Note: November 2, 2024 departure will stay at Hotel Villa San Lucchese.

Day 8 Montepulciano & Rome

  • Visit the medieval town of Montepulciano
  • Visit a pecorino cheese producer followed by a tasting of this iconic cheese
  • Travel to Rome

Rome Times, Monti Palace Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Aerial view of Montepulciano

After breakfast, head toward the spectacular medieval town of Montepulciano, known for its majestic Renaissance buildings, ancient churches, and stunning natural scenery. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano sits high on a limestone ridge, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside and vineyards. Montepulciano's rich history, combined with its culinary delights and exquisite wines, makes it a must-visit destination that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Tuscany.

Then, visit a pecorino cheese producer to learn about this iconic cheese. Get a glimpse of the laboratory, followed by a tasting of local cheese, salami, and salad, accompanied with a glass of wine. 

Later this afternoon, continue your drive south towards Rome.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Monti Palace Hotel.

Day 9 Rome

  • Tour Ancient Rome, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure

Rome Times, Monti Palace Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Colosseum, Rome

This morning, tour the wonders of Ancient Rome, including the Roman Forum. See the hill where, according to tradition, Rome was founded in the 7th century B.C.E. by Romulus and Remus. Next, visit the impressive Colosseum. The Amphitheater, created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators and wild animals, is one of the fascinating landmarks of the city. Walk on the original path of Ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino, and Faustina and the old Basilicas Julia and Aemilia while dreaming about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. 

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the Eternal City.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Monti Palace Hotel.

Day 10 Rome

  • Tour the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Spend the late afternoon at leisure
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Rome Times, Monti Palace Hotel or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
St. Peter's Square

This morning, depart for the Vatican City! Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. First, witness the ancient Roman statues brought to the Vatican when the Popes ruled the entire region. Next, visit the famous and significant sculptures, including the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, the Torso, and the busts of Hadrian and his lover Antinous. Then, view the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, and finally, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. See the famous paintings of the Last Judgment, the Stories of Moses and Jesus, and Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam. The chapel is also the location of the Conclaves, where papal elections are held. Continue to Saint Peter's Basilica. Admire another one of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pietà. End your Vatican experience in Saint Peter's Square, the great work of the architect Bernini, with many symbols, saints, and more than 200 columns.

Spend the late afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers on your last night in Rome.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Monti Palace Hotel.

Day 11 Rome/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to USA

Breakfast

Sorrento Post-Tour Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare with a post-tour extension to Sorrento along the sun-splashed Amalfi coast! You'll return to the USA 3 days after the return dates listed.

Note: This extension requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate at the listed price.

Day 11 Rome & Sorrento

  • Visit a vineyard at the foot of Vesuvius
  • Enjoy lunch at a winery with a tasting of organic wines, pasta, and more
  • Take a guided tour of the town of Pompeii, destroyed by the Vesuvius Volcano

Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Hotel Michelangelo or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Pompeii ruins

Depart Rome and head south towards Sorrento, where you'll visit a vineyard at the foot of Vesuvius for a tasting of organic wines, extra virgin olive oil, and local treats, including bruschetta, salami, pasta, cheese, and homemade dessert.

Next, enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii, the ancient city frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers an unparalleled glimpse into daily life in the Roman Empire. As you walk through the archaeological site, you'll see the remains of homes, shops, and public buildings, many of which still feature original frescoes and mosaics, providing insight into Roman art and culture. Pompeii's well-preserved streets and buildings make it easy to imagine the bustling life that once filled this city, making it a profoundly moving and educational experience. Continue to your hotel in Sorrento.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Michelangelo.

Day 12 Amalfi Coast

  • Discover the villages of the beautiful Amalfi Coast
  • Enjoy a boat ride from Amalfi to Maiori
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers

Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Hotel Michelangelo or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Beach in Maiori

Set off along the Amalfi Coast and visit the beautiful villages and iconic towns dotting the coastline. Stroll along the promenade of Amalfi while taking in the views of the water and the town's white buildings hugging the coastline.

Later, enjoy a boat ride from Amalfi to Maiori, a lesser-known gem on the Amalfi Coast that offers a more tranquil and relaxed atmosphere compared to its bustling neighbors. Maiori boasts the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the Amalfi Coast, lined with colorful umbrellas and lapped by crystal-clear waters, making it a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing. The town's promenade is ideal for leisurely walks, with a variety of restaurants and shops offering local crafts and cuisine. The town's relaxed pace and scenic beauty make it an enchanting stop on your journey along the Amalfi Coast.

Return to Sorrento late this afternoon.

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. 

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Michelangelo.

Day 13 Sorrento

  • Spend the day at leisure in Sorrento, or join an optional tour of Capri & Anacapri

Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Hotel Michelangelo or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Sorrento

Explore the town of Sorrento, or relax by the pool on your last day in Italy. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Capri & Anacapri.

Note: 2025 departures will stay at Hotel Michelangelo.

Optional Excursion: Full-Day Excursion to Capri & Anacapri, $170
Shops in Anacapri

Enjoy an early breakfast before transferring to Sorrento harbor. Embark on ferry boat from Sorrento to the stunning island of Capri, where Mediterranean beauty meets relaxed elegance. Enjoy the serene sea views, leading to an exploration of Anacapri's scenic heights and charming streets. Discover the island's rich tapestry of history and culture before returning to Capri's lively Piazzetta, the heart of island life, surrounded by chic shops and cafes. This day trip to Capri and Anacapri promises a blend of natural beauty, cultural insights, and the quintessential Mediterranean experience. Return to your hotel later this afternoon.

Note: This shared tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 14 Sorrento/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to USA

Breakfast

Hotels

Hotel Giorgione Venice
Hotel Giorgione Venice
First Class

Housed in a historic building in Venice, the Hotel Giorgione is located in the heart of the old city, just a short distance from the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco. The hotel’s inner courtyard provides an excellent environment to unwind. Enjoy the sun while lying on a deckchair, or relax in the salt-water whirlpool.

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Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo
First Class

The Hotel Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo is a charming and historic hotel located in the heart of Venice, offering an enchanting experience right on the doorstep of St. Mark's Square. Nestled in the prestigious area of San Marco, this hotel is surrounded by iconic landmarks, designer boutiques, and picturesque canals, making it an ideal base for exploring the city's rich cultural heritage.

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Hotel De La Pace
Hotel De La Pace
First Class

Nestled in the heart of Florence, the Hotel De La Pace offers a prime location for immersing yourself in the art, history, and culture of this magnificent city. Situated within easy walking distance of Florence's most iconic attractions, including the Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio, this hotel serves as the perfect starting point for exploring the city's Renaissance treasures. Whether you're an art enthusiast or a history buff, the hotel's central location ensures that Florence's wonders are right at your doorstep.

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FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
First Class

The Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is ideally situated along the Arno River, offering beautiful views of the city and its historic landmarks. The hotel is within a 20-minute walk to popular attractions like the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Santa Croce, and the Uffizi Gallery.

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Glance Hotel In Florence
First Class

Nestled in the heart of Florence's historic center of San Lorenzo, the Glance Hotel is a mid-century building created by the famous Florentine Architect Italo Gamberini. The hotel welcomes you with its striking contemporary design and convenient proximity to renowned attractions, including the Accademia Museum, Uffizi Gallery, The Duomo Cathedral, and the Old Bridge. The sleek facade of the hotel harmoniously blends with the city's timeless architecture, offering travelers a stylish retreat amidst Florence's cultural richness.

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Hotel Cellai
Hotel Cellai
First Class

Located in the heart of Florence, Italy, Hotel Cellai offers a quintessential Italian experience amidst the city's timeless charm. Nestled in the historic district of San Lorenzo, the hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of iconic attractions such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio. Renowned for its elegant ambiance and impeccable service, Hotel Cellai promises a luxurious retreat with both comfort and sophistication.

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Villa Curina Resort
Villa Curina Resort
First Class

Villa Curina Resort is a charming oasis nestled amidst Tuscany's lush, rolling hills. This enchanting resort embodies the essence of Italy's idyllic countryside, offering you a warm embrace the moment you step through its rustic gates, surrounded by picturesque vineyards. This centuries-old Tuscan villa is a true architectural masterpiece that has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Its weathered stone walls, terracotta roof tiles, and climbing vines evoke a sense of timeless elegance. Find yourself transported back in time, surrounded by authentic Tuscan decor, exposed wooden beams, and antique furnishings. The outdoor spaces are equally captivating. A sun-drenched terrace adorned with fragrant pots of lavender and rosemary invites you to dine al fresco. The swimming pool, surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens, offers a refreshing oasis on warm Tuscan afternoons.

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Hotel Villa San Lucchese
Hotel Villa San Lucchese
First Class

Villa San Lucchese is a charming and historic villa dating back to the 15th century, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Tuscan countryside. The hotel is located in the enchanting town of Poggibonsi, with nearby vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages that define the region's rich cultural heritage. The idyllic setting offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it the perfect destination for a serene retreat.

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Rome Times
Rome Times
First Class

Nestled in the heart of the Eternal City, Rome Times offers an unrivaled blend of history and modernity. This boutique hotel is a 10-minute walk to Trevi Fountain and other famous sites in Rome. The property is split into two locations, the Main Building and the Annex Building. Both places are at the center of Rome's timeless charm. Immerse yourself in the city's rich culture, as world-famous landmarks, quaint cobblestone streets, and designer boutiques are all within easy reach.

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Monti Palace Hotel
Monti Palace Hotel
First Class

Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Monti in Rome, Monti Palace Hotel offers a prime location for exploring the Eternal City's rich history and cultural treasures. Nearby are iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Piazza Venezia. The hotel provides an ideal base if you are eager to immerse yourself in Rome's storied past and dynamic present. 

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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
First Class

The Grand Hotel Vesuvio is situated atop steep cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples and the island of Capri. Nestled in the heart of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the property offers a truly panoramic and mesmerizing view of the Mediterranean Sea and the iconic Mount Vesuvius. The hotel's prime location provides easy access to Sorrento's charming town center and the nearby Amalfi Coast.

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Hotel Michelangelo
Hotel Michelangelo
First Class

Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Sorrento, Hotel Michelangelo stands as a beacon of luxury and tranquility overlooking the azure waters of the Bay of Naples. Situated just a stone's throw away from the charming historic center, this esteemed establishment offers guests an unparalleled vantage point to explore the town's rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and renowned culinary scene. With its prime location and exceptional amenities, Hotel Michelangelo promises an unforgettable stay immersed in the beauty and charm of the Amalfi Coast.

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